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Cyclists Raise Funds And Awareness To Fight Cancer

Headed south on the Hwy. 7 bypass.

Tony Griffin, head of the foundation, does stretches before heading out on the afternoon’s ride toward Greenwood.

Sharing the road.

Bikes awaiting their riders cover a portion of Railroad Park.

WATER VALLEY – Cyclists from the Tony Griffin Foundation stopped in Water Valley Wednesday on their way to Austin, Tex., to join forces with Lance Armstrong for his LiveStrong Challenge to be held this weekend.

The Cycle for Life ride group began their 4300-kilometer trek (that’s 2671.8957 in earth miles) on Oct. 14 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. There are 72 riders in teams of six who cycle in relay style. About 18 people were in the group that stopped here.

“You’ve got a nice town,” commented Todd McDonald, one of the cyclists. His comment was echoed over and over by other members of the group who ate lunch at El Charrito and prepared for the remainder of the day’s ride.

McDonald said that the group planned to in Greenwood before the end of the day. The Cycle for Life ride will take about twelve days. Each team member is required to bike approximately 100 km a day (approx 5-6 hours of biking) and then take 24 hours off to rest, eat and complete shared responsibilities on the ride (such as Laundry, organizing and planning), according to the group’s website.

Each rider is required to individually fundraise $5,000 to participate and the Tony Griffin Foundation covers all food and accommodations as well as flights back to Halifax.

The LiveStrong Challenge in Austin is the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s signature fundraising event, raising funds and awareness for the fight against cancer with over 3,000 participants – including many survivors.

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